Issue 49
Welcome to Issue 49 - first issue for 2007.


Phillip Mahnken, Sunshine Coast
Harry Aveling, Latrobe U

CASR "The Regional Universities' Indonesian Language Initiative 
Lead Organisation: The University of New England
Partners: The Universities of Tasmania and the Sunshine Coast; Charles Darwin University; Mataram University, Indonesia
  CASR funding: $369,006 
A consortium of four universities: the University of New England, the University of the Sunshine Coast, the University of Tasmania and Charles Darwin University, will pool indonesian teaching and curriculum development resources.  From 2009, the project will see the collaborative provision of Indonesian at the four core institutions, 'blended model' delivery at other regional universities and a short in-country programmeme at Universitas Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat. 
CASR Projects

  • Indonesian language learners and native speakers discussion group (all polite topics allowed, except commercial spam), sign up at indonesian_learners
    If you are looking for a real beginners e-group, better to join: australiaindonesia

    The Indonesian Studies Newsletter
    of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA)

    Issue 49 January - April 2007

  • Australian Society of Indonesian Language Educators (ASILE) Conference at the Sunshine Coast 5 - 8 July 2007. See ASILE website for theme, call for papers and presentations, tentative program, venues, etc. Indonesian Embassy will be involved, USC is sponsoring one day (Friday 6 July) and ABC journalist, Mark Bowling, author of Running Amok will speak, along with many teachers on the (cutting) edge.

  • USC Media Release about the Regional Universities Indonesian Language Consortium language project grant The same consortium also won a minor grant from DASSH for innovative approach to languages teaching in higher education.
  • Indonesia Council Digest February 2007
  • DARMASISWA SCHOLARSHIPS via the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. One year at an Indonesian institution studying the area of your choice (national and regional languages, music, dance, arts, etc) Dr. Agus Sartono, the new Education and Cultural Attaché has fifty scholarships to allocate and is keen to hear from applicants at any time. Further Darmasiswa Information is available at It's a once-in-a-lifetime and life-changing experience!
  • AsiaCALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)
  • Feedback on the latest Lombok program from Peter Jordan
  • Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership - Young Scholars Workshop - "open to anyone with a bit of talent who has done (or is planning to undertake in 2007) research on something Indonesian"
  • Asian Law Centre, University of Melbourne Call for expressions of interest- casual research assistance opportunity for Malay translators and research on Malaysia
  • Kate McGregor's new book History in Uniform is available ASAA Publications: Southeast Asia Publications Series. See other Indonesia titles
  • Our neighbour, and yet we know little of themby Mike Carlton 17 March 2007
    Original at Our neighbour, and yet we know little of them
  • Judith Weeldon - Speaking in Tongues [MS Word] in the Australian, 24 March 2007
  • Tim Lindsey on learning Indonesian in ABC RN Lingua Franca
  • Dealing with a democratic Indonesia: the Yudhoyono years, by Ken Ward (in Perspective series published by the Lowy Institute). Free online
  • "Relaxed, complacent and risible" Tim Lindsay says on LinguaFranca that last year only 400 Australian tertiary students were enrolled to learn Indonesian. For very good economic and strategic reasons, we'd be mad to ignore or devalue our relationship with Indonesia. And yet many Australians still regard it as a violent, unstable military state inclined to Islamic terrorism. Professor Tim Lindsey argues that our lack of interest in learning Indonesian is a national scandal.
  • Ni hao, Senator Vanstone "If I were in charge of Australia … I would ensure that every child from year 1 was learning either Mandarin or Bahasa Indonesia."
  • Asian language studies crucial, says Rudd 18 April 2007
  • Your views and news, please. Please send any news of developments in Indonesian studies
    or a link to descriptions of your current or past research. Write us an opinion piece!

  • Archives

    National Online Undergraduate Seminar for Indonesian Studies 6 October 2006. Archives with sound and visuals are available via these links: Aspinall, Hatley, Elson and Ford. Try out the audio-conference room at

  • Steve Miller's Honours Thesis on Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  • Completely new worlds An inspiring testimonial from a languages student

  • Websites of ongoing value

  • Berita Bahasa Indonesia NSW Bulletin for Teachers of Indonesian
  • Speaking with Cloth: Cerita Dalam Kain Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) stunning online exhibition to accompany the real thing.
  • Indonesian and Japanese Online Readers highly interactive and intercultural
  • Remembering vocabulary in your foreign language
  • Recent Asialink iLectures. (audio files). See also Recent Lecture, Seminar and Forum transcripts

  • Recommended reading:

  • Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

    Return to the RAMBU WACANA - signpost to Indonesia-related links


    NOUS-Lang 2007
    National Online Seminar
    on Language Teacher Education
    May 2007

    ASILE 2007
    The proceedings of ASILE conferences and other articles are posted on the WACANA e-journal when available.

    Next issue 50

    Relevant reading for students and teachers alike in past issues.
    Issue 48 Issue 47 Issue 46 Issue 45 Issue 44,43,42, 41, 40,39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26


    ASILE 2007 Conference
    5-8 July 2007
    on the Sunshine Coast